The first seastead home in history was recently purchased and launched by two Bitcoin investors who were also early cryptocurrency adopters, and they chose to pay for their floating home with Bitcoin. Nadia Summergirl and Chad Elwartowski paid about $150,000 for their seastead property, and they explained that the money came from Bitcoin trading profits collected over a decade. The couple wanted to time their move to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Bitcoin earlier this year, but oceanic conditions around their chosen spot near Thailand forced a delay.
Seasteading is an emerging libertarian lifestyle that involves moving into unique dwelling structures that float on international waters. The main goal of seasteading is to enjoy private lives without being subject to sovereign laws; one feature of seastead homes is that they can be joined and connected for the purpose of building autonomous floating islands. To a great extent, the seasteading lifestyle was envisioned by the founder of the Church of Scientology, but it was only practiced for about eight years. Libertarians have latched onto seasteading in recent years, but this couple is the first one to actually launch a floating home.
Summergirl and Elwartowski are still adjusting to their new life at sea; for the time being, they use a boat to travel back and forth from their land-based home in Thailand. Since they are floating on international waters, they do not need permission from the Thai government to live in the ocean. Their story, which is being told by means of a documentary film, is being closely followed by the Seasteading Institute, an organization that supports the formation of floating communities in the high seas.